Openly gay soccer player Anton Hysén signs with a US team
'This is a great opportunity for me on a personal and professional level'
The Myrtle Beach Mutiny have signed Anton Hysén, the out Swedish footballer.
The Mutiny are part of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).
‘I am excited to be joining the Mutiny this season,’ Hysén said in a release, according to Outsports.
‘This is a great opportunity for me on a personal and professional level. I hope I can help take the team to the top of the NPSL,’ he continued.
The team is headquartered in South Carolina, a US southern state.
According to Outsports the NPSL is ‘in the fourth division of the American soccer pyramid, on par with the USL Premier Development League, and eligible for US Open Cup competition.’
Jack Vandum, the Mutiny’s head coach, thinks the 22-year-old ‘will bring great experience to the team having played his soccer at a good professional level in Sweden.’
In 2011, Hysén became the second active professional player to come out.